UK Defamation Act ‘will strengthen freedom of expression’

The British press is set to profit from a new level of advanced legal protection – and, by extension, greater freedom of expression – in their criticism of large companies thanks to the long-awaited passing of the Defamation Bill by Parliament.

Data journalism in 2013: lots to be excited about

There is a lot of exciting progress in data journalism, panelists at the first School of Data Journalism panel said at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. The session, organized by the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation, aimed to assess the state of data journalism in 2013.

Why was the world’s press reluctant to cover recent Syrian ‘massacre’?

The rumour coarsed through Twitter like wild fire, The New York Times reported it, but, in an article for, Nicolas Delesalle pointed a finger at French media organisations for failing to provide sufficient coverage of the latest “massacre” committed in Syria, on Saturday, 20 April.

Hack of AP Twitter account raises security concerns

Another week, another Twitter hack. What can be done to stop hackers?

NYT aims to boost reach and revenue by excluding videos from paywall

The New York Times has plucked videos from its 10-article-per-month paywall, effective yesterday, in a move that will likely increase both its reach and revenue.

Social Media Summit hosted by New York Times and BBC College of Journalism

Following a week of monumental breaking news – namely, the Boston marathon bombing and the subsequent investigation and manhunt – the Social Media Summit on Saturday, 20 April, took place at just the right time considering that its primary aim was to meditate the evolving relationship between journalism and social media.

USA Today encourages journalists to pepper reporting with personality

Forget journalistic objectivity, USA Today told its editorial team. The newspaper is asking reporters to pepper their writing with personality and offer unique perspectives to news, Publisher Larry Kramer said.

“Small blogs” will be exempt from royal charter for press regulation

The UK government has finally settled on a definition of what constitutes a “micro business” that will be exempt from controversial plans to impose punitive damages on newspapers who refuse to join an approved press regulator.

Koch brothers look to buy Tribune Co. newspapers

Could eight major U.S. papers soon be under the wing of billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch?

‘A la carte’ journalism presents alternative to paywalls

With even The Mail Online now implementing paid content, a turning point for paywalls seems imminent. But an emerging alternative, “a la carte journalism,” allows readers pay per article, rather than subscribing to whole publications.